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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 01:19 PM

Perspective: Impeachment is the latest chapter in the battle between democracy and white supremacy

Perspective: Impeachment is the latest chapter in the battle between democracy and white supremacy



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Impeachment is the latest chapter in the battle between democracy and white supremacy
The connections aren’t as obvious, but America’s front lines remain the same as they’ve always been

By Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American studies at Emory University and author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" and "One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy."
Oct. 9, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. EDT

President Trump has called the impeachment inquiry facing him “bullshit” and tweeted furiously that it is nothing less than a coup. He has even warned of a civil war. These claims are as incendiary as his demonization of immigrants, his barely veiled anti-Semitism and his embrace by and of white supremacists, all of which have already led to violence, hate crimes and slaughter.

That is the threat he holds over our heads: to “tear our country apart” if Congress holds him accountable, a threat militia groups, including those with ties to white power organizing, are taking seriously. Yet if we bow down to his threats, it will once again be the United States capitulating to extortion, something made possible by Trump’s commitment to a raft of racist policies he promises his base in return for unchecked power. ... When it comes to a nation held hostage to racism, we have been here before.

During the Revolutionary War, the British occupied New York City, ran George Washington’s Continental Army nearly ragged and went in for the kill as they attacked the rebellion’s soft underbelly — the South. Georgia and South Carolina were not ready for the onslaught. They simply could not find enough white men willing to take up arms to fend off the oncoming assault on Charleston and Savannah. As the British got closer and closer to Charleston, the Continental Congress rushed a representative to South Carolina with a plan. There were men available, the representative from Congress pleaded, they just were not white. It was time, he said, to arm the enslaved.

The South Carolina government recoiled in “horror” at the suggestion. This war for liberty did not and could not include those of African descent. ... Despite the looming peril, South Carolina’s answer to the Continental Congress was simple: It would rather surrender to the British than arm the enslaved. These southern colonists would rather die for white supremacy than live in a nation where the revolutionary language of equality could become the actual reality.
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Just as segregationists did before him, he has worked to limit voting rights of minorities, amplifying the lie of voter fraud to enable his state-level allies to pursue discriminatory policies such as voter ID laws, voter roll purges and poll closures, all to keep as many African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American voters from the ballot box. He has nominated and the GOP-majority Senate has confirmed more than 150 right-wing judges on the federal bench to solidify these gains.

From the very beginning then, Trump has staked his presidency on a 21st-century version of white supremacy, emerging around the globe. It is in the service of both white nationalism and his own interests that Trump has repeatedly abused his office and American power and, in the process, threatened U.S. national security. All of this should have triggered the constitutional guardrails to protect the Republic. It didn’t.
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Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler professor of African American studies at Emory University and author of "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide" and "One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy." Follow https://twitter.com/@ProfCAnderson

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 01:26 PM

1. Yes, that and religion. Suppression of women, LGBTQ, are also keys to their fascism.

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 01:33 PM

2. not just white supremacy...a move toward modern American fascism, christofascist theocracy.

We started down this path with Reagan.

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